Several Boko Haram suspects to face trial in Chad

About 10 Boko Haram suspects to face trial in Chad over twin attacks

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Chadian troops

Ten suspected Boko Haram members are to face trial in Chad over alleged involvement in the June twin attacks that killed almost 40 people in N’Djamena, the country’s capital.

No date however was identified for the trial.

"The 10 suspected perpetrators stand accused of murder using explosives, illegal possession of weapons of war and criminal conspiracy," said sources.

Nigerian Mahamat Mustapha, formerly known as Bana Fanaye, is the suspected mastermind of the attacks on a school and police building in Chad, killing 38 people and injuring more than 100 others, on June 15.

Fanaye was also allegedly responsible for recruiting and managing Boko Haram members, according to Chad’s top prosecutor.

In July, another suicide attack took place at a market in Chad, killing 15 people.

Chad has become increasingly prone to militant activity and attacks since Boko Haram’s insurgency, and has consequently taken extra security measures. Its parliament recently passed a bill for the implication of a death penalty for serious offences.

Boko Haram has claimed more than 15,000 lives since it began its bloody offensive in 2009, in a bid to establish a state of its own in northeast Nigeria.

Troops from Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon have united to battle the insurgency, and restore safety in the region.

TRTWorld and agencies